Activating the DigiD app abroad

If you are a Dutch national living abroad you can activate the DigiD app via SMS verification or with an ID check.

Activating the DigiD app via SMS verification

You will need DigiD with SMS verification to activate the DigiD app. Take the following steps to activate the app:

  1. Open the DigiD app on your telephone or tablet.
  2. Click ‘Start’.
  3. Enter your username and password.
  4. Choose ‘Activate with SMS’.
  5. An SMS code will be sent to your phone.
  6. Enter the SMS code.
  7. Choose and enter a PIN with 5 digits.
  8. Enter the PIN to confirm.
  9. The DigiD app has now been activated.

Don’t forget your PIN. You will need it to log in with the DigiD app.

Activating the DigiD app with an ID check

To activate the app with an ID check you will need a valid Dutch identity document and a telephone or tablet with an NFC reader. The NFC reader reads information from the chip in your identity document. Consult the manual for your telephone or tablet to find out whether it has an NFC reader.

Compatible mobile phones and tablets

Android smartphone or tablet

  • with Android 6.0 operating system, or higher
  • with NFC reader

iPhone

  • model 7 or newer
  • with iOS 13.2 operating system, or higher
  • with NFC reader

iPad

  • with iPadOS 13.2 operating system, or higher
  • with NFC reader

Which identity documents can I use?

  • Your Dutch driving licence (issued after 14 November 2014).
  • Your Dutch passport or identity card. Please note, that you must have applied for this passport or identity card while you still lived in the Netherlands.

Step-by-step guide to activating the app with an ID check

  1. Open the Digi app on your telephone or tablet.
  2. Click ‘Start’.
  3. Enter your username and password.
  4. Choose ‘Activate with ID check’.
  5. Choose and enter a PIN with 5 digits.
  6. Enter the PIN to confirm.
  7. Click ‘Activate NFC’ if prompted (is NFC is already activated you will not see this message).
  8. Scan your identity document by holding it against the reverse of your telephone or tablet.
  9. The DigiD app is activated.

Don’t forget your PIN. You will need it to log in with the DigiD app.

Don't have the DigiD app yet?

If you don’t already have the DigiD app on your telephone or tablet, you will first need to download it.

Don't have DigiD yet?

You need to have DigiD before you can activate the DigiD app.

How do I apply for DigiD?

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